The lowest prices everyday can cost more than you think. [Fast
Company] discusses [The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know].
>Wal-Mart wields its power for just one purpose: to bring the lowest
possible prices to its customers. At Wal-Mart, that goal is never
reached. The retailer has a clear policy for suppliers: On basic
products that don’t change, the price Wal-Mart will pay, and will
charge shoppers, must drop year after year. But what almost no one
outside the world of Wal-Mart and its 21,000 suppliers knows is the
high cost of those low prices. Wal-Mart has the power to squeeze
profit-killing concessions from vendors. _To survive in the face of
its pricing demands, makers of everything from bras to bicycles to
blue jeans have had to lay off employees and close U.S. plants in
favor of outsourcing products from overseas_.
_Emphasis mine_. I haven’t been there in almost three years.